CRICKET: Ahmed excellence guides Louth Sunday to victory against Frieston

Zeeshan Ahmed
Zeeshan Ahmed

Louth took on Frieston on Sunday in their fourth East Lindsey division one clash of the season.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Louth skipper Adrian Smart may have regretted this decision after 11 overs when all of the top three batsman were removed by Frieston bowler Atkinson, leaving the wolves teetering on 49 for 3.

However, Louth batsman Zeeshan Ahmed played a marvellously aggressive and classical innings to put his team in the driving seat by the time he eventually departed for 102, with his team looking exceptionally well set on 192 for 7.

The innings concluded with a quick flourish from Robbie Dwyer, who hit an unbeaten 14 before Smart was run out off the last ball of the innings, meaning Louth had set Frieston 218 to win.

However, Frieston were in no mood to give up after the interval as they raced to 78 for 1 after just 10 overs as they put the Louth bowlers to the sword.

This aggressive stroke play could not last however and Smart’s removal of Frieston’s cavalier opener Ilyas sparked the beginning of a collapse that saw Frieston bat themselves out of the game and lose six wickets for 45 runs.

This was thanks mainly to Matt Elston, who bowled tightly for figures of 5-0-17-2, and Smart, who removed three batsmen in the top five of the Frieston line up as he himself took 6-0-42-3.

Although the Frieston batsmen did offer some resistance thereafter, the result was never in doubt, especially when Stuart Barker entered the attack and ripped out the bottom order with figures of 2-1-1-2-3 as he pulled his team home and Louth collected the full 20 points from the match and won by 44 runs.

Next Louth take on newly promoted Cleethorpes where they will hope that they can continue to build upon their last two successive victories and continue to climb the league table.

Thanks to match ball sponsor Roger Gott.